Category: Voting Rights


Multi-Lingual Videos for Lowell Election →

Voting Rights
Multi-Lingual Public Education Videos Released Before Vote On New Electoral System For Lowell, MA City To Change Voting System Following Settlement Of Federal Voting Rights Lawsuit As part of a landmark settlement of a federal Voting Rights Act case brought by Asian American and Latinx residents of Lowell, Massachusetts, the...

Ropes & Gray Justice Fellowship →

Education, Employment, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Ropes & Gray Launches Justice Fellowship at Lawyers for Civil Rights Legal Fellowship Builds On Successful Pro Bono Partnership in Landmark Voting Rights Case Global law firm Ropes & Gray today announced the creation of the Ropes & Gray Justice Fellowship at Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), a Boston-based legal...

Census Citizenship Question Gets Blocked →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
For Now, Census Citizenship Question Gets Blocked Handing civil rights and immigrants’ rights groups a victory, the U.S. Supreme Court this morning ruled that the Trump Administration’s rationale for including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census “seems to have been contrived,” and sent the matter back to the Commerce...

Census Art Contest →

Voting Rights
Click here for more information, including submission guidelines. La información en español sobre el concurso de arte estudiantil está disponible aquí.

Settlement of Federal Voting Rights Act Case Against Lowell, Mass. →

Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Asian-American and Latino Voters Announce Settlement of Voting Rights Case The diverse coalition of Latino and Asian-American voters that filed a groundbreaking federal voting rights suit against the City of Lowell alleging that the municipal election system illegally dilutes the vote of communities of color announced today that the parties...

Weaponizing The Census Would Hurt Massachusetts →

Education, Employment, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Weaponizing The Census Would Hurt Massachusetts This op-ed by was published by WBUR's Cognoscenti. It’s tempting, in the wake of the Mueller report and the onslaught of news stories about rogue aides and Russian corruption, to focus on scandalous elements of the Trump administration. But none of these scandals have...

Launching Multilingual Census 2020 Hotline →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
In light of the critical role that the 2020 Census will play in determining how billions of dollars of federal funding will be allocated, Lawyers for Civil Rights launched a multi-pronged effort to ensure that all Massachusetts residents are counted. The campaign will include a multilingual Census Hotline and extensive...

The Case For “All Resident” Voting →

Voting Rights
The Case For "All Resident" VotingThis op-ed by our Executive Director and Civil Rights Fellow was published by WBUR's Cognoscenti. The mayor of Somerville, Joseph Curtatone, recently asked the city’s Board of Aldermen to approve a home rule petition that would grant voting rights to non-citizen residents in municipal elections....

Census Flaws: Language Inaccessibility & Limited Community Outreach →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Census Flaws: Language Inaccessibility and Insufficient Community Outreach Conditions Ripe for Undercount Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) calls on the U.S. Census Bureau to revise its operational plan for Massachusetts to increase outreach to historically undercounted populations who are at risk of underrepresentation in 2020. Given the history of inaccurate...

Condemning Trump Administration’s Assault On Anti-Discrimination Protections →

Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights Condemns Trump Administration’s Assault On Anti-Discrimination Protections  As part of its ongoing rollback of civil rights protections, the Trump Administration is directing Justice Department officials to look for ways to eliminate one of the most potent tools of civil rights advocacy: the disparate impact doctrine. Lawyers for Civil...

Lowell’s Voting Rights Challenge Is Opportunity For Positive Change →

Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Lowell's Voting Rights Challenge Is Opportunity For Positive Change The following guest commentary is also undersigned by U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, Nancy Donahue, Brian Martin, Luis Pedroso, Tim Thou, Fru Nkimbeng, and Rev. Dr. Cecilio Hernández. By Michael Gallagher Special to The Lowell Sun In Lowell, we have a long...

2018 Year-in-Review →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Check out our latest work. Our 2018 year-in-review is available here: http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-Year-in-Review.pdf [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-Year-in-Review.pdf" title="2018 Year in Review"] Our 2018 year-in-review is available here: http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-Year-in-Review.pdf

Congressional Resolution Honors Our Achievements →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Mass. Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Honoring Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice Bicameral Resolution Marks 50th Anniversary of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Boston Affiliate Text of Resolution (PDF) Washington, DC – United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Stephen F. Lynch, along with their colleagues from the Massachusetts congressional delegation,...

Free Legal Clinic on July 16 in Roxbury →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
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Expanding Client Intake and Community Outreach Staff →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Expands Client Intake and Community Outreach Staff  The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice (“Lawyers’ Committee”) fosters equal opportunity and fights discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants. We engage in creative and courageous legal action, education and advocacy in collaboration...

On MLK Day, Our 50-Year Quest for Justice →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Today, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we kick off our 50th Anniversary.  The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice was founded in 1968 in the midst of the assassination of Dr. King, and the findings of the Kerner Commission (which concluded that the nation was "moving toward two societies,...

New Strategic Plan Released In Anticipation of the Lawyers’ Committee’s 50th Anniversary →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
New Strategic Plan Released In Anticipation of the Lawyers' Committee's 50th Anniversary Plan Focuses on Deepening and Expanding Advocacy Work in 2018-2021   At the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, our work is life-changing and law-changing. Every day, we bring people together to promote equal opportunity and...

Yesterday, we got an award! Today, we’re back in the trenches. →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Yesterday, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice received the Boston Bar Association’s Beacon Award for Diversity and Inclusion. This award recognizes the importance of our life-changing and law-changing work. We foster equal opportunity and fight discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants. We engage in...